Autism Science Foundation announces IMFAR stakeholder travel grant recipients

10 Mar

The Autism Science Foundation has announced the recipients of this year’s stakeholder travel grants for IMFAR.

The press release is below:


IMFAR Stakeholder Travel Awards will Support Parents, Individuals with Autism, Teachers & Students

(March 10, 2011—New York, NY)–The Autism Science Foundation, a not for profit organization dedicated to supporting and funding autism research, today announced the recipients of its IMFAR Stakeholder Travel grants. ASF will make 11 awards of up to $1000 to be used to cover expenses related to attending the International Meeting for Autism Research in San Diego in May 2011. After the conference, grant recipients will be expected to share what they’ve learned with families in their local communities and/or online.

This year’s recipients are:

Geraldine Bliss–Parent
Matthew Carey–Parent
Shannon Des Roches Rosa–Parent
Mark Fornefeld–Self Identified Individual with Autism
Abby Hare–Graduate Student
Erin Lopes–Parent
Molly McGrath–Self Identified Individual with Autism/MIT Media Lab
Brianna Miller–Special Ed Teacher, Newark Public Schools
Sharman Ober-Reynolds–Parent/Senior Research Coordinator, SARRC
Megan O’Boyle –Parent
Max Rolison–Undergraduate Student

IMFAR is an annual scientific meeting, convened each spring, to promote exchange and dissemination of the latest scientific findings in autism research and to stimulate research progress in understanding the nature, causes, and treatments for autism spectrum disorders. IMFAR is the annual meeting of the International Society for Autism Research (INSAR).

“We are thrilled to be able to give back directly to the autism community in a research-focused way”, said Alison Singer, President of the Autism Science Foundation. “We are confident that the award recipients will all do a great job of bringing critical new research information to their communities, improving the speed with which the latest data are shared with the broader autism community.”

The Autism Science Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity launched in 2009 whose mission is to support autism research by providing funding to those who conduct, facilitate, publicize and disseminate autism research. ASF also provides information about autism to the general public and serves to increase awareness of autism spectrum disorders and the needs of individuals and families affected by autism.

The International Society for Autism Research (INSAR) is a scientific and professional organization devoted to advancing knowledge about autism spectrum disorders. INSAR was created in 2001. The society runs the annual scientific meeting – the International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR) and publishes the research journal “Autism Research”.

Contact Info:

Julie Martin
Events and Media Manager
Autism Science Foundation
419 Lafayette Street, 2nd floor
New York, NY 10003

5 Responses to “Autism Science Foundation announces IMFAR stakeholder travel grant recipients”

  1. livsparents March 10, 2011 at 16:01 #

    I’m interested to see if Briana Miller might have an interesting perspective, for two potential reasons. I have to do some digging, but if I’m not mistaken, I think the Facebook founder dumped a whole bunch of money into the Neward School system. There is also going to be an autism ‘magnet’ type school in the general area. If anyone is interested, I can dig further…but it would be interesting to see what virtually unlimited funds and attention can accomplish….

  2. livsparents March 10, 2011 at 18:01 #

    Sorry, I was lazy here is the charter school news info for Newark:

    and the Facebook 100 million dollar gift story:

    With all this firepower, the Newark district should be turning out PhD’s by the thousands over the next few years. If their special ed programs don’t rival the best in the country in a few years, I’ll make sure Cory Booker gets tweeted till his twanger falls off…

  3. David N. Andrews M. Ed., C. P. S. E. March 10, 2011 at 23:40 #

    re: twanger…

  4. livsparents March 11, 2011 at 00:31 #

    Please warn me before posting stuff like that, I laughed so hard by nearly spilled my Mountain Dew!


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